A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 was shot down Tuesday near the Syrian-Turkish border by air-to-air missiles fired by Turkish F-16 fighter jets, officials said. Various accounts have disputed whether the aircraft was above Syrian or Turkish territory at the time, and a U.S. official, speaking off the record to the Los Angeles Times, said if the jet did cross into Turkish airspace, it was only for a few seconds. The crew reportedly ejected before the crash, but Russian military officials said at least one of the pilots was killed.More
Ascension Air, which operates a fleet of Cirrus SR22 aircraft from its bases in Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale, now is offering jet cards and time shares for the Eclipse 550 jet. “Our new Eclipse 550 Contrails program will bring personal jet transportation to a growing segment of aviators who want the flexibility and benefits of flying their own jet, without the worries of full jet ownership," said Ascension Air CEO Jamail Larkins. "Our professional owner-services team offers easy fleet access, on-site concierge services, professional aircraft management, a safety pilot, and streamlined scheduling."More
Blue Origin, the space company headed by Jeff Bezos, has succeeded where every other effort has failed — on Monday, the company launched its unmanned New Shepard suborbital space vehicle from Texas to 329,839 feet, then the crew capsule separated and landed under a parachute, and the rocket module also made a safe, powered, vertical landing. It’s the first time a rocket has been recovered intact and reusable after a space vehicle launch.More
A selection of videos from last week's NBAA Convention in Las Vegas.
All drones weighing more than 250 grams about a half pound should be registered, according to the recommendations from an FAA task force, released today (PDF). The task force,... More
Just in time for the busy holiday travel season, Transportation Security Administration agents say they're having a hard time getting into the spirit thanks to their contract negotiations with the... More
Drones weighing as little as eight ounces will have to be registered with the FAA if the agency accepts recommendations of a 26-member panel struck last month to design a registration scheme. More
Four British tourists and two from Australia were killed when the sightseeing helicopter they were on crashed in a crevasse on Fox Glacier on New Zealand's south island on Saturday. The pilot of... More
The former postal carrier who landed his gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol in April struck a bargain with federal prosecutors, pleading guilty on Friday to flying without a pilot's certificate. Doug... More
Quebec's pension plan has paid $1.5 billion for a 30 percent stake in Bombardier's train manufacturing business but the company will use some of the money to fund full certification of its CSeries... More
NBAA is calling its 2015 convention, which ended Thursday in Las Vegas, "enormously successful" on a business and community level. On the business side, CEO Ed Bolen said there were 1,100... More
AVweb's search of what's new in aviation found STEM projects announced by colleges and universities, winners of the National Rocket Competition, and a new quick-build program from Plane-Crafters. More
As winter unveils its hand across the nation, it seems appropriate to take a look at one of the last of aviation's "firsts," the aerial circumnavigation of our globe via the Poles. More
Most pilots I know are lazy. Writing as one who has spent most of his career flying airplanes, that's meant to be a compliment. The lazy pilot tends to accomplish the least work necessary in order to achieve the intended goal. This usually... More
Here' what you should expect to learn and master in the course of a tailwheel checkout. More
NY Center: "Jetsetter 123, got time for a quick question?" ... JS123: "Sure." ... NYC: "What's the service ceiling on that bird?" ... JS123: "FL 510." ... [A moment of silence followed.] ... Then someone asked: "Does that thing come with astronaut wings?" ... XY456: "Hey Center, what type of aircraft were you talking to?" ... NYC: "He's a G6." ... Some other regional jet driver then chimed in: "Man, I can't even afford a Pontiac G6." ... NYC had to apologize to Air Canada: "Sorry, guys. I was... More
Industry trailblazer Gwendolyn Lee Olson Mayo passed away on November 20. Mayo was the founder and leader of Mayo Aviation, a prominent Part 135 charter operator and 36-year dedicated partner with Flight for Life Colorado, in Centennial Airport in Denver, Colorado.
Airforms, Inc. has announced FAA PMA approval for the 1973-1974 Cessna C177B engine baffles. The replacement Cardinal baffles are eligible for installation on all 1973-1974 Cardinal C177B's S/N 17701774 through 17702123
LeTourneau University signed agreements Monday with Collin College and McKinney Independent School District that will expand the aviation education opportunities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
But it hasn't been than expensive to begin with. Why do so few pilots have it? Evidently, they don't see the value. More
Michael Iocca of Modesto, CA kicks off our latest batch of reader-submitted aviation photos. Click through for more incredible shots.